President to meet Jubilee MPs ahead of crucial sitting

 

A section of Jubilee lawmakers with President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Willam Ruto. Photo/File

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to meet Jubilee lawmakers tomorrow morning before the anticipated afternoon session set to discuss President’s reservations on tax cut.

A Gazette Notice dated September 13 stated, “Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 29(3) of the Standing Orders of the Members of the National Assembly, it is notified that special sittings of the Assembly shall be held in the National Assembly Chamber in the Main Parliament Buildings, on Tuesday, September 18 and on Thursday, September 20.”

The head of state is expected to address the lawmakers to strategize and push for his proposals over new taxation and cost-cutting on petroleum products at early morning before the session.

The president proposed for the 50 percent cut off of Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 percent to 8 percent after rejectng the Finance Bill 2018 last week on Thursday evening.

The move comes after claims by the opposition lawmakers that even their jubilee counterparts have agreed to vote against the president’s proposal arguing that Kenyans should not be burdened with additional taxes that raise the cost of living.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) is also expected to hold a separate meeting to adopt a common stand on the President’s tax proposals before the session.

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